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'Carrie' Remake Eyes Director

Stephen King tale may have Kimberly Peirce at the helm

"Boys Don’t Cry" director Kimberly Peirce is in talks to helm a remake of Stephen King's "Carrie."

Peirce would join screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for the MGM and Screen Gems project. Aguirre-Sacasa, who recently rewrote Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark," is crafting a more faithful and grounded interpretation of King's 1974 book.

The story centers on a telekinetic teenager cruelly taunted by her classmates to the point where she is forced to unleash her deadly powers during the school's prom.

In 1976, Brian De Palma ("Scarface," "Dressed to Kill") directed a feature film adaption starring Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie and Amy Irving. The film was nominated for several Academy Awards, including nods to Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

A 1988 Broadway musical, a 1999 feature film sequel and a 2002 television movie followed.

Peirce last directed the 2008 film "Stop-Loss" starring Ryan Phillippe.

"Carrie" was King's first published novel.

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